Yellow Ribbon Program

Program Overview

UTC participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program included as part of the Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33). 

UTC will provide the Yellow Ribbon up to nine (9) out of state Post 9/11 student veterans (or transferees) eligible for enrollment for up to a maximum benefit amount of $2,015 per student veteran (or transferees) per academic year. 

Awards are granted to eligible student-veterans (or transferees) on a first-come, first-served basis and will be disbursed over two academic semesters.

Chapter 33 student veterans who have been rated at the 100% percent level on the Certificate of Eligibility by the Department of Veterans Affairs (or transferees) are eligible for the Yellow Ribbon program.

The Yellow Ribbon program was designed to cover expenses that exceed the highest resident tuition rate in the state of Tennessee. This means tuition and maintenance fees not already covered by VA Benefits. The State of Tennessee’s maximum tuition rate per credit hour is set by the highest undergraduate rate in the state of Tennessee.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be an out of state student
  • Student veteran (or transferees) must be fully admitted as an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in credit-hour courses at UTC.

  • Student-veteran (or transferees) must be and remain eligible for continued enrollment.

  • Student veteran (or transferees) must have a Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33) Certificate of Eligibility showing Yellow Ribbon Program eligibility.

Application Process

1. Submit the following Yellow Ribbon Online Application to Veteran Student Services:

2. Submit current entitlement documentation to 


Awards are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis as determined by the date and time information on the complete application packet until all awards have been granted.

After all awards have been granted, student veterans (or transferees) will be placed on a waiting list for the current academic year based upon the date and time the application was initially received. 

Student-veterans (or transferees) on the waiting list must reapply each academic year.

Renewal of Yellow Ribbon Award

The student veteran (or transferee) will remain part of the Yellow Ribbon program as long as the student veteran (or transferee) remains eligible for continued enrollment at UTC or until the student veteran (or transferee) graduates, leaves the school or is no longer eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33). 

Student veterans (or transferees) must submit new online application for the subsequent semester to Veteran Student Services by the following dates:

  • Fall Semester – May 1

  • Spring Semester – Dec. 1

  • Summer Semester – April 1

If the student veteran (or transferee) becomes ineligible for the Yellow Ribbon program because he or she are no longer eligible for enrollment, the award will be given to the next eligible student veteran (or transferee) on the waiting list for the academic year. 

The ineligible student-veteran must reapply and will receive the award on a first-come, first-served basis.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at